Best Satellite Phones 2020

We have compiled our annual list of best satellite phones in the world.  We have based this on extensive testing and customer feedback.  

Iridium 9555 Satellite Phone

1. Iridium 9555 Satellite Phone

The Iridium 9555 is our pick as the best satellite phone for 2020. This is the most reliable satellite phone, as it works on all 7 continents.  All it needs is a clear view of the skies.  The phone gets the number one spot based on coverage, durability, ease of use, sales volumes and price.  

The Iridium 9555 is the ultimate in dependable mobile communications. It is a ruggedly built tool, not a toy. It won't play games, take pictures, or play MP3s. What it will do is work. Everywhere. Without exception. It is engineered to withstand the world's toughest environments, so the world's toughest customers can depend on it as a critical lifeline whenever and wherever need takes them.

The innovative design of the Iridium 9555 satellite phone offers a significantly reduced size, a more hand-friendly form factor, an intuitive user interface, and new features such as an internally stowed antenna. It is compact, light and easy to use, featuring a brighter screen, a speaker phone, improved Short Messaging Service (SMS) and email capabilities, and an upgraded mini-USB data port. The 9555 phone is engineered to withstand and perform well in the world's most rugged, remote and industrial environments, including being water- and shock-resistant. Combined with the only communications network providing truly global coverage, the 9555 satellite phone delivers the reliable, secure, real-time, mission-critical communications service that Iridium users have come to expect. 

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Iridium 9575 Extreme

2. Iridium 9575 Extreme Satellite Phone

The Iridium 9575 Extreme offers complete global coverage, as well as SOS and GPS capabilities, allowing users to send an emergency SOS distress message which includes exact coordinates.  The GPS feature can also be used for online tracking, allowing real-time position reporting.

The Iridium 9575 Extreme is the toughest handset ever from the only company that offers real global, real mobile, real reliable communications. Engineered with more features and more accessories than any other satellite phone on the market, Iridium 9575 Extreme puts more innovative capability and more ways to connect than ever before into the hands of people everywhere.

3. Iridium GO!

The Iridium GO! is the innovative product which transforms your smartphone into a satellite phone anywhere in the world. Compatible with Apple and Android, Iridium GO! extends the use of your smartphone and devices. The Iridium GO! app extends your connection, optimizing you for voice, SMS, e-mail, 100-foot radius of WiFi for up to five devices, weather monitoring and more.

Whether you are making a disaster prep plan, embarking on an international trip, or like the ease-of-mind of being accessible during your adventures, having the right resources in place for any situation is crucial.

4. Inmarsat Isatphone 2 Satellite Phone

A robust handset, unrivalled battery life, excellent voice quality and the reliability you expect from the world's leading provider of mobile satellite communications - IsatPhone 2 delivers it all.

The new-generation IsatPhone 2 joins IsatPhone Pro in our handheld satellite phone portfolio - bringing more choice to customers wanting the reliability Inmarsat delivers.

IsatPhone 2 is a tough phone for a tough world. The robust handset has been engineered to cope with anything that nature can throw at it - from searing heat to icy blasts, desert sandstorms or monsoon rain. It offers unrivalled battery life - 8 hours of talk time and up to 160 hours on standby.

Together, IsatPhone 2's design and capabilities - including safety features - make it ideal for the most demanding of users in sectors such as civil government, oil and gas, NGOs, and media.

5. Iridium PTT Push To Talk Satellite Phone

For team communications, the Iridium Extreme® PTT is ruggedly engineered to support high intensity users in some of the harshest conditions, everywhere on the planet. Enhanced with an intelligently designed Push-to-Talk mode, expanded loudspeaker, reinforced PTT button, and extended capacity battery, the Iridium Extreme® PTT takes reliable, global communications to the next level. The intuitive, user interface provides quick access to multiple communication services including voice calling, SMS, and SOS in Phone Mode and PTT Mode, allowing you to connect with your team instantly and securely, anywhere on the planet.

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6. Thuraya X5-Touch Smart Satellite Phone 

The Thuraya X5-Touch is the world’s first Android based satellite & GSM phone offering unparalleled flexibility. It runs on the Android operating system and has a 5.2” full HD touchscreen for users who frequently move in and out of terrestrial coverage across a range of market sectors including government missions, energy projects, enterprise communications, and NGO deployments. It offers fast and simple connectivity on the move, in remote areas normally beyond the reach of smartphones.

7. Thuraya XT-Lite Satellite Phone

The Thuraya XT-LITE provides reliable satellite phone connectivity with unbeatable value. It is designed for cost-conscious users who need to stay securely connected, without compromising on a clear and uninterrupted connection. It is very easy-to-use. You can make phone calls and send SMS messages in satellite mode, whether you are crossing the desert, sailing at sea or climbing mountains.

8. Thuraya XT Pro Dual Satellite Phone 

The Thuraya XT-PRO DUAL is the world’s first dual-mode, dual-SIM phone, bridging the gap between satellite and terrestrial communications. By using both a satellite SIM card and a GSM SIM card, you can now move in and out of terrestrial coverage with ease, enjoying connectivity no matter where you are.

Highly ruggedized with a shockproof, water and dust resistant body, the XT-PRO DUAL also comes with advanced navigation capabilities through GPS, BeiDou, Glonass and Galileo for the highest flexibility in all regions.

No matter where you are or how remote your location, we keep you connected. Thuraya’s comprehensive satellite network provides reliable, clear and uninterrupted communications in more than 160 countries across Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia; and in GSM-mode the phone supports most 2G/3G frequencies across the world.

9. Thuraya XT Pro Satellite Phone

Designed for professional users, this rugged and robust satellite handset is equipped with a long battery life, ensuring you stay connected.  

The first satellite phone on the market that features all three major navigation systems, this highly flexible phone has GPS, Beidou and Glonass capability. Featuring the biggest display of any satellite phone on the market, this satellite handset comes with hardened Gorilla® glass to suit the harshest of environments. The screen is glare resistant, allowing optimal visibility in bright sunlight and a brightness sensor automatically adjusts the backlight of your display.

This is a superior handset with a more rugged environment rating (IP55), a larger screen then its predecessor, the Thuraya XT and offers GPS capability and an SOS button.

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10. Thuraya SatSleeve +

The Thuraya SatSleeve+ allows you to stay connected with colleagues, loved ones and friends while you con tinue your journey. If you think you know what your smartphone can do, think again. Your smar tphone becomes a satellite phone - keeping you safe and in touch with the most important people in your life.

The perfect blend of mobility and simplicity, the Thuraya SatSleeve+ is the fastest way to transform your phone into a satellite smartphone.

Thuraya SatSleeve+ supports the communication needs of all smartphone users - from frequent travelers and adventurous explorers to corporate and NGO users. It provides customers with access to phone calls, emails, instant messages and popular social media apps in satellite mode across Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

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